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Research Matters! Celebrating New Ideas and Discoveries

Research Matters, hosted by the Graduate School, is a live event, featuring short talks by graduate students and other scholars from the Brown community on “Why my research matters”. The brief talks aimed at a general audience showcase exceptional graduate student scholarship and celebrate discoveries and ideas which contribute to the academic excellence and innovation that make Brown unique and bold.

The inaugural event held on September 27, 2014 at Granoff Center for the Arts showcased the ideas and research of graduate students and alumni as part of the University’s 250th Anniversary Fall Celebration. On November 5, 2016, the Graduate School continued this tradition with a second event which featured talks by graduate students and post-doctoral scholars. 

The upcoming 2017 event is planned for November (date to be announced) and will feature talks by doctoral and master’s students. Brown community, alumni, faculty, staff, and all students are invited to attend the live event. 

Graduate students: Be a speaker for the 2017 event. Tell us why your research matters! 

We’re looking for 5-minute talks on research projects by Brown University doctoral and master’s students. The talks are for a general audience.

  1. Nomination. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to nominate a graduate student with a compelling research story to tell. Graduate students may also self-nominate. Nominations for the 2017 event are due by September 11. Nominate.
  2. Application submission. Nominees are invited to apply through submission of research and talk description and short video of themselves presenting their scholarship (no more than 5 minutes in length) by September 19.  (Applicants are encouraged to read “Speaker Tips”)
  3. Selection and Semi-finals. The selection panel comprising faculty, graduate students, and graduate school administration identify semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will be invited to give a live talk (no more than 5 min) during semi-finals session tentatively planned for the mid-October.
  4. Final selections. Those selected to speak at the live event are expected to attend a number of training, practice, and mentoring sessions, including a rehearsal scheduled in November the day before the main event.
  5. The Main Event. The live event is planned for November 2017 (date to be announced soon). The event will also be taped. The talks will be featured on the Graduate School website.

Get inspired: Watch videos from previous Research Matters events.
2016 event | 2014 event

Questions? Please contact Vanessa Ryan, Associate Dean of Student Development or Pamela Gaddi, Manager of Student Development.